Midwestern Hemp Database, Magistrate Judges 1990-2021, Space Exploration, More: Thursday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 8, 2021


Hemp Grower: Midwestern Hemp Database Gives Insights on Best Hemp Varieties for Region. “During the summer of 2020, the university extensions of Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin and Purdue (Indiana) sought out growers focusing on cannabinoid production to share cultivation data and crop samples in exchange for discounted testing thanks to a partnership with Rock River Laboratory Inc., based in Wisconsin….More than 130 growers across the Midwest participated in the project, submitting more than 750 samples for cannabinoid profiling.”

From the Free Law Project on GitHub: Incorporate magistrate judges from 1990 to 2021. From the resource page: “Every so often we ask the AO for stuff we can’t really get ourselves. In July of last year, we asked for a list of all magistrate judges, past and present. We already get regular updates from the FJC, but our hope was to get the historical data too. After many months of waiting, and to their immense credit, the AO did eventually deliver today. Attached please find roughly 1,000 magistrate judges that worked in the federal judiciary between 1990 and today.” I’m pretty sure that “the AO” in this case stands for the Administrative Office of the United States Courts.


Arizona State University: ‘Why We Go’ space exploration series launches. “The Interplanetary Initiative at Arizona State University and the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) are launching a monthly discussion series examining interplanetary exploration through conversations with diverse experts optimistically answering the question, ‘Why do humans go to space?’ The four-part virtual series dives into the philosophy and passions behind the desire to travel into deep space.”


Pitchfork: Radiohead Adding More Archival Concert Films to YouTube. “A year ago, Radiohead began adding archival concert footage to their YouTube page. The shows came from the extensive Radiohead Public Library. The series ran from April to July 2020. Now, the band is starting a second series. This Friday (April 9), a January 2008 show, performed at London’s 93 Feet East, will broadcast on YouTube. Be sure to tune in below at 3 p.m. Eastern on Friday.”


CNET: Among Us: How to play everyone’s game obsession online (and use the new free Airship Map). “If you’ve spent any time on Twitter or around a person under age 30, you’ve probably become familiar with memes involving colorful Teletubby-like figures clad in spacesuits. These are the players of Among Us, which skyrocketed in popularity over the past few months…. We’ve got everything you need to know about Among Us right here to get you ready for some remote gaming.”


Dallas News: Kittens, tweets and basketball memories — Mark Cuban’s new online gallery is a showroom for the latest craze: NFTs. “Billionaire entrepreneur, Shark Tank investor and Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is once again innovating in the digital space, launching a new kind of online art gallery for creators in Dallas and beyond. He’s created a platform to present non-fungible tokens, or NFTs, the digital assets that have been grabbing headlines since an artist known as Beeple sold one for $69 million at the auction house Christie’s in March.”


The Local: Austria privacy group files complaint against Google. “An Austrian online privacy campaign group said Wednesday it has a filed a complaint against Google over what it says is a tracking code ‘illegally’ installed on Android phones. The complaint from NOYB relates to Google’s Android Advertising Identifier (AAID) and has been lodged with the CNIL, France’s data protection authority.”

The Daily Beast: Elite University Track Coach Stole Athletes’ Nudes Then Extorted Them: DOJ. “A track coach who left Northeastern after a sexual harassment investigation and was then hired by another university is facing several charges after allegedly duping female athletes to send him nude photographs in an elaborate social media scheme—and cyberstalking at least one of them.”


Scientific American: The Antiscience Movement Is Escalating, Going Global and Killing Thousands. “Antiscience has emerged as a dominant and highly lethal force, and one that threatens global security, as much as do terrorism and nuclear proliferation. We must mount a counteroffensive and build new infrastructure to combat antiscience, just as we have for these other more widely recognized and established threats.”

ZDNet: Right to Repair doesn’t go far enough (here’s what we need to happen to see real change). “It might shock some people to know that while I’m a supporter of the Right to Repair, the movement pressing for government legislation to allow consumers and businesses to repair and modify their stuff, I don’t think that it will help consumers that much in the long run. This is not to say that people shouldn’t be able to repair their stuff. Absolutely not, and being able to repair things is crucial in keeping things out of the junk pile. But I think that the movement is focusing on a specific niche and ignoring the broader problems.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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